Ultimate Star Jennylyn Mercado has it down pat.
After topbilling the 2018 drama thriller, “The Cure,” she headlines another primetime series, GMA Network’s first tele-pelikula, “Love You Two,” alongside veteran actor, Gabby Concepcion and newcomer, Clint Bondad.
In a gathering with Cebu’s Entertainment Group prior to their Kapuso Mall Show last Saturday, the 31-year-old actress looked as fit and as lovely as ever as she excitedly talked about her role as the feisty and family-centered Rafaella “Raffy” Batungbakal.
“Si Raffy ay medyo masungit, loud pero talagang mahal na mahal nya ang pamilya nya,” she said.
Admittedly, this love for family is a trait Raffy and Jennylyn share.
The actress revealed that on May 12, Mother’s Day, she will be in Dubai to spend time with her biological mom, Jinkee Pineda. (Jennylyn’s adoptive mom, Lydia passed away in 2016.)
In January this year, the actress and her mom were seen bonding with each other, visibly rekindling their relationship.
Jennylyn is herself a mother to 10-year-old Alex Jazz, a real-life role that she takes to heart.
“Yung pagiging single mother naman kasi, mahirap na masarap. Mahirap kasi ikaw lang mag-isa pero kaya, kaya naman. Masarap dahil nakikita mong napapalaki mong mag-isa ‘yung anak mo na mabait, magalang, matalino, God-fearing. Talagang very proud ako. Ang sarap ng pakiramdam na napalaki ko syang maayos at matino na ako lang mag-isa,” she said.
Jennylyn shared this advice for single mothers like her: “Kailangan maging matapang sila, maging matatag sila. Walang problemang hindi na so-solusyunan. Lahat ng problemang binigay sa ‘yo, para sa’ yo yan kasi alam ni God na kaya mo.”
She encouraged all single moms to keep on going amidst the challenges of motherhood.
“Wag silang mawalan ng pag-asa, porket wala silang partner. Nandyan ‘yung mga magulang nila. Nandyan ‘yung mga kaibigan nila. Hindi sila nag-iisa,” she added.
She also urged them to look after themselves while taking care of their families and loved ones.
“Wag nilang pabayaan ang sarili nila, ‘yan ang importante. Kasi pag pinabayaan mo ang sarili mo, hindi mo na rin maaalagaan ‘yung iba. Importanteng alagaan mo ang sarili mo,” she said.
Words to live by coming from someone who’s winning at life, love, career and motherhood. (Photos by: Jed Aries Yu)